Boomkat Product Review:
A collaboration between one-man harbinger of scuzz Blank Dogs and Dee Dee from Sub Pop's Dum Dum Girls, The Mayfair Set is a lo-fi supergroup that serves as a meeting point for two '80s indie obsessives with a penchant for bedroom recordings and C86 influences. The production style very democratically situates itself at a solid halfway point between the electronically wrought Blank Dogs agenda and the more live sounding, echo-tinted garage of Dum Dum Girls. Vocal duties tend to be more swayed in the direction of Dee Dee however, which is surely a good thing: on the various call-and-response style duets (the finest of which is probably 'Dark House') the mysterious Mr Blank Dogs sounds like a raspy Doctor Who villain. These two make a great sound together across this short album, however, and there's plenty of melodic substance to what's going on here. It ends especially strongly, with the Phil Spector-goes-cold-wave balladry of 'Cease To Be', preceded by an immaculate ninety-second post-punk number, 'I've Been Watching You', which manages to piece together an inscrutably hooky verse-chorus continuum over a duration that's tantalisingly just too short.